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I am looking to buy a hotbox

post #1 of 13
Thread Starter 

Anyone know where I can purchase a hotbox and not take out a second mortgage. I am not handy and have no skills to build one myself.

I know there was a company selling the "ski sauna" but it looks like they are not around anymore. Thanks

post #2 of 13
I have to ask why do you think you need one ?

Are you prepping race skis ?

I found that if I wax my skis, put them in my black car base up during a sunny day....instant hot box.
post #3 of 13

You may not like the price of them, if you could even find one:

 

https://raceskis.ski-depot.com/products/2013/swix-hot-box-110volt-skis   ~$5K

 

http://www.tokous.com/thermo_bag.htm

post #4 of 13


Or, you could compromise between the above two, buy a black rooftop ski box and put it out in the sun.     Optional: bubble wrap the bottom of it. 

post #5 of 13
Thread Starter 

Thanks for the input. Looks like even if I can locate one it will be too pricey. I usually do about 4 pairs of race skis a weekend for the kids. It just seems like a better way to get the wax in then the rapid heating with the iron.

 

I may just attempt to build one myself with the help of some handy friends and a lot of beer.

post #6 of 13

Wait, are you expecting to hotbox with base prep wax or hotbox with wax of the day (WoD)?



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Originally Posted by Zeppo55 View Post
 

 I usually do about 4 pairs of race skis a weekend for the kids. It just seems like a better way to get the wax in then the rapid heating with the iron.

post #7 of 13
Thread Starter 

I think it depends on how much time I have but I would like to use it for both base prep wax and WOD. Why, do you think its not optimal for WOD?

post #8 of 13

With the hard waxes I use daily, I'd be surprised if it had any effect at all. 

post #9 of 13
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Originally Posted by cantunamunch View Post
 

With the hard waxes I use daily, I'd be surprised if it had any effect at all. 


That may depend on heat.

 

post #10 of 13
Thread Starter 

For the last few seasons I probably use Holmenkol Beta 70% of the time with the Colder/warmer waxes 30 % of the time. The Beta mix should work in the hotbox. I would like to look at part 2 or Jaques video to see his results.

post #11 of 13
Quote:
Originally Posted by Zeppo55 View Post
 

For the last few seasons I probably use Holmenkol Beta 70% of the time with the Colder/warmer waxes 30 % of the time. The Beta mix should work in the hotbox. I would like to look at part 2 or Jaques video to see his results.


Hot box is awesome to prepare new skis or any ski on an annual basis.  Best for sintered bases.  Once you do several cycles and rewax on a regular basis you will be golden.

 

Remember, to get hard waxes to adhere one must soak the ski with soft waxes first!

post #12 of 13

Building one is fairly easy and it doesn't have to be complicated. I simply fashioned a large box out of rigid styrofoam insulation, about 3x4x96 (give or take an inch or two) held together with construction adhesive and house wrap tape. Heat source was three light bulbs (2x100, 1x150),  a 120v muffin fan from Radio Shack to circulate air, and my only real concession was a Ranco ETC thermostat which the output was wired to a power bar for the lights and fan.

 

As hokey as it sounds, it worked flawlessly for several years, including two full years of FIS race skis, never damaged a ski. I finally needed the space more than the hotbox and just recently dismantled it. If any needs the thermostat for their own DIY box, just PM me for details as I don't need it anymore.


Edited by ZeroGravity - 2/4/15 at 5:37pm
post #13 of 13

IMO unless the kids are the top 3 or 4 racers going for the world cup...skills is more important than a hot box at this level.

 

A hot box is not going to make them faster. It's more about there ability. 

 

Sorry that's just the way it is.

 

I found two cubes of Dominator Q6 the other day going through the tuning tool box. We've been out of racing for over 10 years. I should find someone that wants to buy them. Its not about how much wax is in the ski...

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